Ceramics

Code: C0505-21

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      Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Exploring & Using Terra Sigillata with Hand Built Earthenware

Jul 5 - 9, 2021

9AM-5PM

Concept

Terra sigillata surfaces have rich historical roots and traditions. Moving beyond those traditions, terra sigillata can be colored, layered and enhanced. This workshop studies those enhancements. Participants employ red earthenware, hand building, daily creative discoveries and other surface materials to create patterns, layered designs and weathered surfaces. While this workshop focuses on terra sigillata techniques and applications, it also encourages creative inquiry, exploration and risk taking.

Media

Red earthenware, terra sigillata, washes, electric fire to cone 04. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite brushes, clay tools, sketchbooks and other drawing supplies.

Faculty

Rhonda Willers

Rhonda Willers is a visual artist, educator, writer, researcher, mother and author of the book, Terra Sigillata: Contemporary Techniques from Rural Wisconsin. Her diverse art practice includes ceramics, mixed media, drawing, painting and installation works. For 11 years, Rhonda was an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, where she also earned her BFA in ceramics and photography. She served as Steward of the Board and Director at Large for the NCECA board of directors. Rhonda holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

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Ceramics

In 1966, American raku ceramicist Paul Soldner selected the site for what is now Anderson Ranch Arts Center, forming the foundation for a thriving ceramics program. Then and now, Anderson Ranch is a place where students exchange ideas and examine ceramic art and pottery-making techniques. It has always been a place where seminal moments of growth happen in an artist’s creative and critical thinking. Here, both beginning and emerging artists gain strong fundamental support, while established artists achieve new perspectives and advance their techniques.

The Ranch Ceramics team provides support, feedback and technical problem solving, giving each artist the freedom to experiment and grow. Our primary focus is on personal advancement through a process of creative discovery. We also offer community engagement through events like our Locals’ Clubs “Circle of Fire” where artists engage with the Ranch outside of the workshop setting.

The Soldner Ceramics Center makes up more than 10,000 square feet in three buildings. The Lyeth/Lyon kiln building is equipped with gas, electric, soda and wood kilns for both oxidation and reduction firings at all temperature ranges. The Ranch offers three wood kilns, four gas reduction kilns, one soda kiln and eleven high-temperature electric kilns.

Anderson Ranch is happy to extend a 20% Summer Workshop tuition discount for NCECA members. Please register online and then email reg@andersonranch.org with your membership information and we will make the adjustment once you are in the system. You are also welcome to call 970-924-5089 to register.

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Workshop Details

Supply List

Many of the items you'll need are available in the ArtWorks Store. Please click "View Full Supply List" to see a comprehensive list of items you'll need for this workshop.

Ceramic Tool Kit / Basic Ceramic Tools

All ceramic participants are responsible for bringing their own personal hand tools. This list of general tools below is considered basic for all ceramic classes. Basic starter tool kits are available in The ArtWorks Store at the Ranch. If you would like to order this tool kit so it is waiting for you when you arrive, please call the store at 970-923-3181. Each Tool Kit contains:

  • Potter’s Rib
  • Steel Scraper
  • Wood Modeling tool
  • Needle tool
  • Ribbon tool
  • Loop tool
  • Sponge
  • Wire Clay Cutter
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Writing Utensil

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Notebook

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Fettling knife

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Variety of soft bristle brushes (4 to 6)

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Lodging & Meals

Anderson Ranch closely follows guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Colorado and the Pitkin County Health Department. In order to operate safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Anderson Ranch has made significant modifications to our housing and meal offerings.

NEW: Summer 2022 workshop participants ages 13 and up will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Studio program participants are required to show proof that they have received the complete Covid-19 vaccine (i.e., two weeks have passed after receiving the second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer MRNA vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine). Additionally, if six months have passed since completing the Moderna or Pfizer series or two months have passed since receiving the J & J vaccine, then a booster is also required. Ideally the booster would have been administered at least two weeks prior to coming to Anderson Ranch.

We have established a Business Safety Plan with added layers of precaution that prioritizes the health and safety of our staff, students, faculty and guests while continuing to provide you with the Anderson Ranch experience that you know and enjoy.

Housing is limited and includes shared and private lodging options. Reservations will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you reserve housing, the better your chance of receiving your preferred option. Please note: Workshop costs do not include accommodations.

COVID-19 Safety Plan

NEW: Summer 2022 workshop participants ages 13 and up will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Studio program participants are required to show proof that they have received the complete Covid-19 vaccine (i.e., two weeks have passed after receiving the second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer MRNA vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine). Additionally, if six months have passed since completing the Moderna or Pfizer series or two months have passed since receiving the J & J vaccine, then a booster is also required. Ideally the booster would have been administered at least two weeks prior to coming to Anderson Ranch. Click here for additional health and safety information.

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